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Several weeks of additional campaigning and some $12,000 spent for a run-off election and the results of last Tuesday’s vote in Dade County remained the same as the results from the primary.

All local races were won by the candidate who received the most votes in the Primary Election.

In the District 1 Commissioners race, Mitchell Smith, the incumbent, narrowly missed winning without a run-off but was challenged by Lamar Lowery, a former commissioner of the district.

When the final vote was tallied Smith retained his Commission seat receiving 641 votes to 555 for Lowery.

In the District 2 Board of Education race Jennifer Hartline narrowly won the Primary with three votes, but defeated Summer Kelly in the run-off 615 to 518. Hartline will replace Jeff Forester who did not seek re-election.

In the race for State Represen-tative for District 1, a pair of Dade County residents, John Deffenbaugh the incumbent and Robert Goff faced off. While Goff won Dade County by a large margin it was not enough to overcome the Walker County vote that went to Deffenbaugh.

The District total had John Deffenbaugh with 1,351 while Robert Goff totaled 1,103. The Dade County vote was 780 for Goff and 439 for Deffenbaugh while the totals in Walker County were 912 for Deffenbaugh and 323 for Goff.

This election was like so many in the recent past, very low voter turnout. Of the 8,031 registered voters in Dade County only 1,317 voted or just 16.40 percent.

Important elections are still to come this year and everyone needs to get out and vote.

In November one seat on the Dade County School Board will be contested along with the District 1 State Representative seat.

Board of Education member Cindy Shaw, Republican, will be challenged by Democrat Jane Dixon and State Representative John Deffenbaugh, Republican, and will be challenged by Democrat Tom McMahan.

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